Do you sometimes feel stressed out and overwhelmed at work? Does it affect your well-being and your ability to get better every day? You’re not alone. Did you know that about 71% of adults in the USA complain of at least one stress-related problem like a headache or feeling overwhelmed or anxious (Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)? This includes adults in the workplace where stress at work can be particularly frustrating because it can lead to burnout by exhausting your ability to cope and draining your health, stifling your relationships and your sense of fulfillment and joy.
Research have shown that burnout rates can be as high as 40 % or more among managers or professionals? Interestingly burnouts do not occur in isolation and usually start off as stress in the workplace.
Why is reducing stress at work important? According to the CDC and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), stress in the work environment can contribute to problems such as headache, stomachache, sleep disturbances, short temper and difficulty concentrating. Chronic stress can result in anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system. It can also contribute to health conditions such as depression, excessive weight gain and heart attack.
The other reason is that uncontrolled stress can lead to frustration and burnout. This can lead to a sense of listlessness, severe disinterest in work and a sense of being overwhelmed. According to the World Health Organization(WHO), burnout is a syndrome seen to result from chronic workplace stress that has not being effectively managed and leads to person having feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion, reduced professional productivity , increased mental distance from one's job or negativity towards one's job. Research shows that about 52 percent of employees feel burned out.
How do you reduce burnout at work? One key to reducing stress and burnout at work would be finding balance. Finding balance in your workplace can help you to reduce or avoid common stress points at work and minimize emotional tension and disruptions. One way to find balance in the workplace is to use the challenges you encounter at work to generate positive thoughts for yourself. Finding the right balance between positive thoughts and negative thoughts, backed by action is the key to overcoming daily stress in the workplace. Positive thoughts can help you have more positive emotions like gratitude, satisfaction, inspiration and accomplishment.
The other good thing about reducing stress and eliminating burnout at the workplace is that it can help you feel more fulfilled, stay healthier and get better every day. You can also find out more ways to get better every-day so that you get more of what you want in your life, please sign up for the transformational habits and relentless wellness training at the Dala Compass Academy.